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Comment Re:Still an early prototype. (Score 1) 56

We have a lot of rabbits living around our neighborhood that have destroyed many trees and gardens.

They would probably chew this robot and attack the garden daily unless..... I wonder if the company will create a defensive mode for this? Strobe lights and water or air gun could blast animals breaking the perimeter?

Comment Re:Don't believe it (Score 4, Insightful) 60

Garibaldi was awesomely acted by Doyle and he will be missed. RIP. Too young to die at age 60.

Time to binge B5 for my respects. I would love to see a prequel called "B4", mostly because I like puns. Any remake would be able to examine closely the tropes of POV and "anyone can die" as they reimagine the series as a space epic. Game of Thrones in space is something that could potentially get a huge audience and would definitely be welcomed by all.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 484

I remember a few years ago seeing that my Amex was about to expire, and wondering when my new card was going to arrive.

Then I got a phone call from American Express. Had my new card arrived? No. Did I live alone? Yes. Did I know any men with Russian accents? Uh, no...

Yup: somebody had stolen my card and had gone on a shopping spree with it, triggering security alerts. My bill that month was about 50 pages, interesting charges (all local, curiously), then pages of Credit for Fraudulent Charge. I asked what my liability in the matter was and they said zero: unlike most other credit cards, American Express cards may only be used by the cardholder ("non-transferrable"), and if the merchants hadn't verified the identity of somebody who was really unlikely to be named "Laura", that was their problem, not mine.


Comment Re:I think it's pretty obvious (Score 1) 158

There was a funny meme on Facebook attributing different forms of xenophobia to opposing each of the different big Democrats. I realized at that point that Democrats have completely lost touch with reality. You can't just insult people you disagree with and call it a day. That just leaves a lot of pissed off people about.

Up until that point, I only thought it was the Republicans that were actively striving to alienate as much of the electorate as they possibly can.

Sooner or later people will just get numb to the accusations and not care about them any more because they know they're total bullsh*t.

People are starting to talk about 3rd party candidates.

Comment Re:I think it's pretty obvious (Score 1) 158

I will state for the record that we are libertarians that would otherwise be republicans if not for their unholy alliance with the Southern Baptist Convention. I have no problems admitting that really. I am not a purist. The major parties have just both gone batshit insane with the Mussolini on one side and Lenin on the other.

Comment Re:They don't make disasters like they used to (Score 1) 484

And it is only slower if you ignore any safety. When I was in the USofA when I paid my bill (and added a tip) I never saw anyone at my table to pick up that little piece of paper, let alone anybody verify my signature.

Oh and about security, never ever, ever give your pin to anybody. Not to your wife, not to your kids, not to your dog and IF something would happen never admit that you have done so, because then you will be held resposible for any transaction done with that pin (unless you can prove swiping and they will know if it was swiped or not)

What I do is have 2 papers from the bank with the pin-code on them. I even leave a but of the scrathing, so people will know it is a pincode. I have however already changed the code. That way when they try it a first time on al the cards, they will fail, they will try the second one and fail. They will. think that they made a mistake and try a third time, blocking all the cards. I have 6 or 7. Even my ID has a pinode and chip and can be used in the same way.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 484

Hyperbole or not, it appears to offer nothing but hassle to end users, which probably means it's getting unpopular.

Virtually all US credit cards are chip and signature, offering little in improved security. It's slow. Most card readers have a slot but haven't had that feature activated (honestly, the only store around here that allows chip vs swipe is Wal-Mart. Publix, as one major example, doesn't) leading to confusion. The card readers themselves seem to be bug ridden, with some freaking out if you don't insert the card at the exact moment they expect it. Wal-Mart's even, until recently, made a noise like a submarine klaxon when the payment was accepted - someone and completely unnecessarily embarrassing.

Add to that the delays, and you have the least popular technology since GMX.

Comment Terminology (Score 4, Insightful) 67

Can anyone explain why we continue to use the term "ride sharing" when Uber, Lyft, et al, have nothing to do with ride sharing? They're basic car-for-hire services. Ride sharing has always been used to mean "People who share a car to get to a common destination" (eg commuters who work together and live close by saving on gas, that kind of thing), and while Uber started by claiming that this was essentially what they were doing, it became obvious pretty quickly that the service resembles ride sharing in no way whatsoever.

Comment Re:I am with Snowden 100% (Score 1) 158

I agree with most of what you say - though hard evidence is not a bad thing, there was a lot of "He said, she said" stuff before the leak proved the DNC was rotten on this issue - but the Turkey data dump was not a Wikileaks thing, despite early reporting suggesting it was. Snowden's almost certainly talking about the release of private information - credit card numbers, private phone numbers and home addresses of donors - that was also in the leak.

Comment Re:Basic Journalism... (Score 2) 158

What modern-day journalist working for anything resembling a respectable newspaper has published the credit card numbers, home addresses, and private phone numbers of their subjects?

Snowden didn't state specifics, but the scandal around Wikileaks release of the DNC emails has generally focused on two things - the possibility it came from Russia (nothing to do with Wikileaks themselves or editing, so unlikely to have been Snowden's concern), and that it included private information about individual - often blameless - people that could cause them serious harm without having anything to do with holding them to account.

Everyone, to the best of my knowledge, is on board with the idea of Wikileaks leaking an email that says "Hi, DWS here! I need a list of ways in which we can secretly handicap Sander's campaign, but remember guys, technically this is illegal so mum's the word!". Fuck DWS. If she goes to prison over this, then nobody's shedding any tears beyond a few die hard Clinton worshipers.

What we're not on board with is "Oh, Jeff Atl called to donate $100 to the general election fund. Could you handle it? His credit card number is 4111 0291 3839 1212, expires 06/17, CVV 971. Address if you need it is 9821 SE Sunflower Rd, Trenton Gardens, NJ 19281." Even if the full email continues "I let him know that with his donation comes a 30 minute meeting with the Secretary of the Environment so he can deal with that little problem his factory is having with the inspectors", we'd at least expect the credit card details and street part of the address redacted.

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